March 22, 2013

Jacksonville Sets Goal Record in Winthrop Rout

from press release

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A pair of 10-0 runs in each half helped fuel a school record performance by the Jacksonville women's lacrosse team on Friday afternoon against Winthrop. The Dolphins matched a school record for goals scored as they erupted for a 24-6 win in their final contest before Atlantic Sun play starts next weekend.

JU (7-3) was led by junior Brit Orashen (Lebanon, N.J.) who paced 11 different goal scorers for the Dolphins with five total points on four goals and an assist. Orashen also recorded five draw controls, four ground balls and two caused turnovers.

Sophomore Taylor McCord (Jacksonville, Fla.) added four goals as well, but it wasn't just the offensive hitting on all cylinders. The JU defense was sparked by 12 different players who caused turnovers while forcing the opposition into 10 failed clears for the second straight game.

"Our ride has really been a team effort," said JU Assistant Coach Paul McCord. "It starts with the attackers, then the middies are doing a great job disrupting the midfield and the defenders are reacting really well as a unit.

"Its very difficult for opposing teams to beat that pressure because everyone is working so hard and they are in the right positions."

Winthrop (5-5) tried its best to disrupt the Dolphins' pressure by taking a 1-0 lead after winning the opening draw of the game.

"We talked about getting a fast start, but when Winthrop scored a quick goal some of our girls were a little stunned and realized they had to come to play," said JU Assistant Coach Sarah Gallion.

After falling into that 1-0 hole, it didn't take long for the Dolphins to get their offense cranked up. McCord scored back-to-back goals to jump start a 10-0 spurt over the next 15 minutes of play. The Eagles eventually settled and fought back to close the gap to 12-4 at the half.

There was no let down in the second half by JU however as the Dolphins bench was ready for everything Winthrop had to offer.

"We have really been focusing on when you get an opportunity to play, not only being ready to play, but knowing your assignment and where you are supposed to be as soon as you get in there," said Gallion.

Everyone healthy to play saw action for the Dolphins which finished the game with a 44-16 advantage in shots taken. Junior Kaitlin Stewart (Annapolis, Md.), sophomore Holly Ventimiglia (Medford, N.Y.) and senior Morgan Derner (Lake Mary, Fla.) each added three goals as well for JU.

Jacksonville begins A-Sun play next Saturday at Kennesaw State.

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